Fri, Aug. 31, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
Loras 6, Bethel 0
If there was any doubt as to who the Loras College men's soccer team's offense would come from in 2012, those doubters were quickly silenced. It would only take six minutes for the Duhawks to add their first tally of the year, thanks to senior Brad Joiner. The Duhawks came out flying to open the 2012 season in their home, the Rock Bowl.
Following Joiner's first goal in the sixth minute, senior Louie Oswald caused a defensive miscue and added a tally of his own less than a minute later.
Assistant Men's Coach Matt Pucci emphasized the importance of a Louie's goal in a game like this.
"Against a team like Bethel, it was crucial for Louie to score because it kept them from crawling back in."
All night long, the Duhawks were flying to their marks, making life difficult for the Royals.
"Our motto this year is 'Something to prove'. We came out here with a chip on our shoulder and as a defensive unit we got together and talked about how we weren't going to let them turn or do anything with the ball," junior Erik Berkowitz said.
While five of the six goals on the night came from the starting two forwards, the "2nd Line" was tough all night long, not easing up on the Bethel players until the final buzzer.
"It gives the entire team confidence, that we can put anyone out in the field and we're all going to compete and we're all going to fight for our brothers," Joiner said.
The night would end with Joiner earning a hat trick (6', 17', 52'), Oswald adding two of his own (7', 14'), and junior Tim van den Bergh capitalizing on a defensive miscue and heading in a goal of his own (36'). Junior midfielder Kevin Cavers would end the night with two assists.
Loras hosts St. Mary's Sunday evening in the Rock Bowl and look to continue their strong offensive and defensive performances put forth by their opening performance.